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Click on the Province or Territory name or the picture below for a more detailed index of the Topographic Maps

| British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario |

| Quebec | Newfoundland and Labrador | Nova Scotia | New Brunswick | Prince Edward Island |

| Nunavut | Yukon | Northwest Territories |

Canadian topographic maps (also known as "topo maps") come in two scales. The 1:50,000 scale topo map is the most detailed scale and covers an area of about 25 km by 40 km. Its high level of detail makes this scale topo map ideal for recreational activities, such as hiking, walking and bicycling. Accurately shown are hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, wooded areas and all man-made features such as buildings, powerlines, roads, dams and cut lines.

The 1:250,000 scale topographic map is more of an access map, for use in a vehicle than on foot. Each map sheet covers approximately 100 km by 160 km, the same area of land as 16 of the larger 1:50,000 scale maps. These topographic maps have gained popularity, not only for their detailed overview of a large area, but also as an excellent road map for exploring the back roads.

Topographic Map Names:
  • The names of topographic maps do not necessarily mean that the whole feature the map is named for is centered or completely shown on the map.
  • For example, map 83O07-Slave Lake - 1:50,000 scale, does not show the complete lake. Other maps will be required for complete lake coverage.
1:250,000 Scale Topographic Maps

  • Smaller scale map: covers more area in less detail
  • Covers an area approximately 100 km by 160 km
  • Covers same area of land as 16 of the 1:50,000 scale maps
  • Good overall view; ideal for travelling on backroads
1:250 000

1:250,000 Scale Map

1:50,000 Scale Topographic Maps

  • Larger scale map: covers less area in more detail
  • Covers an area approximately 25 km by 40 km
  • Ideal for recreational activities such as hiking, walking and bicycling
  • Natural features shown: hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, wooded areas
  • Man-made features shown: buildings, powerlines, roads, dams, cut lines
  • Contour intervals vary from map to map
1:50 000

1:50,000 Scale Map

The National Topographic System (NTS) of Canada

The area covered by a given map sheet is determined by its latitude and longitude. Because of the standard NTS numbering system, knowing the map number allows you to quickly identify adjacent maps.
how the NTS grid works
1:250,000 Scale Topographic Maps Numbering System
  • NTS Grid Numbering System format: Number followed by a Letter
  • Letters range from A through P
  • Examples of numbering: 12A, 115P, 83H
  • Each 1:250,000 map is divided into 16 segments numbered 1-16
1:50,000 Scale Topographic Maps
  • NTS Grid Numbering System format: Number, Letter followed by another Number ranging between 1-16
  • A 1:50,000 scale map is one of the 16 segments of the 1:250, 000 scale maps
  • Examples of numbering: 12A01, 115P16, 83H10
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053K11 - EDMUND LAKE - Topographic Map
053K11 - EDMUND LAKE - Topographic Map
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As the most detailed country-wide map series, the 1:50,000 paper topographic series also known as topo or topographical is ideal for any purpose that requires good detail of an area.  These topographical paper maps include contour lines, water bodies, roads, trails, population centres, treed areas, etc. Printed Topo maps are great for recreational activities such as hiking, camping, biking or fishing.  Topographic maps have latitude and longitute and UTM coordinates. Topo paper maps can be used with a compass or a GPS unit. Printed Canadian topographical maps can be laminated - makes map waterproof - for an additional charge. more info